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Benjamin Griffin <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 18 Jan 2020 13:50:50 -0800
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Not to be missed, which it might be because of its rather unspecific title,
is the book *Facts: By A Woman*, about which see

On Sat, Jan 18, 2020 at 11:22 AM Alan Kitty <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I will see your wager and raise the pot that you are right about those
> interesting stories. I’m not only the Jim Smiley of Book Agents, I was
> among the last of them.
> My door to door experience took the form of the Encyclopedia Americana. I
> know from accounts from Twain’s time that the sample cases, sample books,
> and I’m guessing much of the sales pitch remained essentially unchanged
> from his time to mine.
> Alan
> Alan Kitty, Executive Director
> Mark Twain Education Society
> “Laughter can shatter the most colossal humbug; blow it to rags and atoms
> with a single blast.”
> Sent from my iPhone
> > On Jan 18, 2020, at 11:00 AM, Clay Shannon <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >
> > Did any book agent write up his experiences - what it was like
> traveling around the country, from house to house and farm to farm, selling
> people advance copies of Twain's next book? I would wager a healthy sum
> that there were some quite interesting stories to tell.
> > - B. Clay Shannon

Benjamin Griffin
Associate Editor, Mark Twain Project
The Bancroft Library
University of California, Berkeley 94720-6000
(510) 664-4238